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Assessment of Decline of Tehran’s Old Neighborhoods

Refahi, Ali LU (2017) UTVK03 20171
Sociology
Abstract
By the beginning the second decade of twentieth century, a new regime came to power in Iran. While considering the Iranian society, her institutions, mechanisms and structures as a backward and dysfunctional one, the new regime started to set up a new order, based on modern values. In this case, old urban structures were among those aspects of the Iranian culture and society which were selected a bit earlier to be transformed. The old version of housing, neighborhood and life style did not fit to their assumption of development, which was mostly based on modernization and capitalism. Such approach became the main instruction of the bureaucracy of not only this regime, but also the Islamic regime, in spite of their different discourses.... (More)
By the beginning the second decade of twentieth century, a new regime came to power in Iran. While considering the Iranian society, her institutions, mechanisms and structures as a backward and dysfunctional one, the new regime started to set up a new order, based on modern values. In this case, old urban structures were among those aspects of the Iranian culture and society which were selected a bit earlier to be transformed. The old version of housing, neighborhood and life style did not fit to their assumption of development, which was mostly based on modernization and capitalism. Such approach became the main instruction of the bureaucracy of not only this regime, but also the Islamic regime, in spite of their different discourses. This bureaucratic system, despite of some short-lived and pretended achievements, was unlikely to conduct an even and sustainable development. In fact, their policies provoked a condition of decoupling from the former local and accepted institutions and mechanisms. Besides that, the structural expansion stemmed by the modernist and top-down activities of the state did not fit to the context of Iran. Meanwhile, the old neighborhoods of Tehran, which used to function as the commercial, cultural and political center of not just the capital, but Iran suffered largely. They lost many of their senior dwellers, one third of their population decreased, and many of its valuable historical buildings were deteriorated or became storage areas for commercial products. Therefore, not only they did not upgrade to the new order, but also they lost their former identity and functionality. (Less)
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author
Refahi, Ali LU
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UTVK03 20171
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Old Neighborhoods, Rational Actorhood, Modernization, Decoupling, Iranian Urban System
language
English
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8912006
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  abstract     = {By the beginning the second decade of twentieth century, a new regime came to power in Iran. While considering the Iranian society, her institutions, mechanisms and structures as a backward and dysfunctional one, the new regime started to set up a new order, based on modern values. In this case, old urban structures were among those aspects of the Iranian culture and society which were selected a bit earlier to be transformed. The old version of housing, neighborhood and life style did not fit to their assumption of development, which was mostly based on modernization and capitalism. Such approach became the main instruction of the bureaucracy of not only this regime, but also the Islamic regime, in spite of their different discourses. This bureaucratic system, despite of some short-lived and pretended achievements, was unlikely to conduct an even and sustainable development. In fact, their policies provoked a condition of decoupling from the former local and accepted institutions and mechanisms. Besides that, the structural expansion stemmed by the modernist and top-down activities of the state did not fit to the context of Iran. Meanwhile, the old neighborhoods of Tehran, which used to function as the commercial, cultural and political center of not just the capital, but Iran suffered largely. They lost many of their senior dwellers, one third of their population decreased, and many of its valuable historical buildings were deteriorated or became storage areas for commercial products. Therefore, not only they did not upgrade to the new order, but also they lost their former identity and functionality.},
  author       = {Refahi, Ali},
  keyword      = {Old Neighborhoods,Rational Actorhood,Modernization,Decoupling,Iranian Urban System},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Assessment of Decline of Tehran’s Old Neighborhoods},
  year         = {2017},
}